Baltimore County, Maryland Genealogy

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This article is about a northern Maryland county. For the city, see Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland. For other uses, see Baltimore (disambiguation).
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County Courthouse

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400 Washington Ave
Towson, MD 21204


Parent County

  • 1659--Baltimore County was created 30 June 1659 from Anne Arundel County. County seat: Towson.[2]
  • 12 January 1659, earliest known record of political action, when a writ was issued to its sheriff.

Boundary Changes

  • 6 June 1674, a portion was set off to create Cecil County.
  • 10 June 1748, a portion combined with portion from Prince George's county set off to create Frederick County.
  • 17 December 1773, east part was split off to form Harford County.
  • 1851, Baltimore City became independent of the county.
  • 13 May 1851, southwest portion combined with a portion from Anne Arundel County was set off to form Howard County.

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Hampstead
Census Districts
  • Arbutus
  • Bowleys Quarters
  • Carney
  • Catonsville
  • Cockeysville-Hunt Valley
  • Dundalk
  • Edgemere
  • Essex
  • Garrison
  • Hampton
  • Kingsville
  • Lansdowne-Baltimore Highlands
  • Lochearn
  • Lutherville-Timonium
  • Mays Chapel
  • Middle River
  • Milford Mill
  • Overlea
  • Owings Mills
  • Parkville
  • Perry Hall
  • Pikesville
  • Randallstown
  • Reisterstown
  • Rosedale
  • Rossville
  • Towson
  • White Marsh
  • Woodlawn
  • Baldwin
  • Boring
  • Brooklandville
  • Butler
  • Carroll Crest
  • Chase
  • Fork
  • Fort Howard
  • Germantown
  • Glen Arm
  • Glencoe
  • Glyndon
  • Gwynn Oak
  • Halethorpe
  • Hereford
  • Hydes
  • Jacksonville
  • Lake
  • Long Green
  • Maryland Line
  • Monkton
  • Nottingham
  • Oella
  • Parkton
  • Phoenix
  • Ruxton-Riderwood
  • Sparks
  • Sparrows Point
  • Stevenson
  • Turners Station
  • Upper Falls
  • Upperco
  • White Hall

Neighboring Counties

Anne Arundel | Carroll | Harford | Howard | Kent | York County, Pennsylvania


Bible Records

Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County Bible Records

Cemeteries Cemetery Listings for Baltimore County, MD. Includes contact information for many cemetaries in the county and volunteer contributed index lists for many of them.

The Govanstown Cemetery (Baltimore County) is now online as part of the Govans Presbyterian Church web site. To go directly to the PDF Listings click on: (If that does not work go to and click on "cemetery listings"


Federal Census reports available 1790-1930 including slave and veterans schedules.


Maryland State Archives' Guide to Maryland Religious Institutions identifies all churches known to have existed in Baltimore County, Maryland. It covers all denominations and includes record descriptions. The following records from their collection have been digitized and made available to view for free online:


Family Histories

It is anticipated that this bibliography will eventually identify all known family histories published about residents of this county. Use this list to:

  • Locate publications about direct ancestors
  • Find the most updated accounts of an ancestor's family
  • Identify publications, to quote Elizabeth Shown Mills, about an ancestor's "FAN Club" [Friends, Associates, and Neighbors]


  • [Brispo] Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60; Vol. 77, No. 1 (Apr. 2001):138-147.
  • [Decosta] Russell, George Ely. "Portuguese and Spanish Colonists in Seventeenth-Century Maryland," The American Genealogist, Vol. 76, No. 1 (January 2001):50-60; Vol. 77, No. 1 (Apr. 2001):138-147.
  • [Harris] Harris, Mrs. Norris. "The Harris Family of Balitmore and Harford Counties," The Maryland and Delaware Genealogist, Vol. 31, No. 2 (Spring 1990):68. FHL US/CAN Book 975 B2m.
  • [Philpot] Russell, George Ely. "Brian Philpot Family of Maryland: With Notes on English Relatives," The Genealogist, Vol. 17, No. 2 (Fall 2003):131-165.



The New Early Settlers of Maryland database is a great place to start searching for immigrants who had arrived in the colony by the 1680s. The database "comprises 34,326 entries from Gust Skordas' Early Settlers of Maryland and Carson Gibb's Supplement to the Early Settlers of Maryland." Available online, courtesy: Maryland State Archives.

Other Baltimore County immigration resources include:

  • Coldham, Peter Wilson. "Intercepted Letters Relating to America 1777-1811," The Genealogist, Vol. 14, No. 2 (Fall 2000):184-200; Vol. 15, No. 1 (Spring 2001):53-74. [Discusses overseas contacts of individuals with the following Baltimore County surnames: Albers, Anspach, Barry, Barton, Beatty, Beays, Belt, Bolte, Brothers, Brown, Browne, Brune, Buchanan, Burke, Campbell, Caton, Clarke, Courteney, Dickey, Dicky, Donnell, Dormy, Dorsly, Duncan, Gernon, Gillmer, Gilmore, Gittings [Gettings], Goverts, Graf, Grant, Grundy, Gwin, Haslett, Hoffman, Hollins, Holmes, Hudson, Kalkman, Konig, Lone, McCreery, McFadon, Maris, Merryman, Moncrieff, Olliver, Patterson, Pringle, Salmon, Sears, Sherlock, Smith, Somervell, Spears, Sterrett, Stewart, Stiles, Taylor, Thompson, Thorowgood, Valck, Von Kapffe, Von Stapff, Walsh, Williams, Williamson, Wilson, Yellot, Young, Zwisler.]
  • List of imported servants and transported convicts from Europe who served labor terms in Colonial Baltimore City and County, Maryland (work in progress), courtesy: Immigrant Servants Database. [Includes Richard J. Cox's abstracts of Maryland Gazette runaways.]


Through a Joint eGovernment Service of the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Archives, free images and indexes of the complete series of Baltimore County Deed Books (1653-present) have been uploaded to their website: MDLandRec.Net: A Digital Image Retrieval System for Land Records in Maryland. (Requires free registration.)

Local Histories




Though it does not appear on the Family History Library Catalog under the naturalization section of the City of Baltimore or Baltimore County, the Family History Library has acquired published abstracts of Baltimore naturalizations from 1784 through 1854:

  • Oszakiewski, Robert Andrew. Maryland Naturalization Abstracts. Baltimore County and Baltimore City [1784-1854]. Westminster, Maryland: Family Line Publications, 1995. Available at FHL US/CAN Book 975.2 P48o.



Baltimore And Anne Arundel County Last Will and Testaments and Other Probate/Estate Related Documents

Orphans Court Notices (Probate, Administration of Estates, and Some Equity Suits)


Baltimore County, Maryland 5th District Collection Book, 1869

Vital Records




Other Baltimore County death record resources include: Extracts and Copies of Death Notices and Obituaries from Baltimore Area Newspapers

Societies and Libraries

  • Baltimore County Genealogical Society - Membership required. Links to Surname index files, Pedigree (ancestor) index files, World Wide Web pages, and Extensive library. Other benefits without links are circulating books, research materials, workshops and seminars, quarterly publication.
  • Historical Society of Baltimore County - Located in the old Almshouse, the Historical Society of Baltimore County's Library houses information from every known tombstone in both church and family cemeteries in Baltimore County. Here you will also find a growing collection of books and maps (copies of some are for sale), census records, marriage records, slave schedules, family histories, ledgers, photographs, clippings, and manuscripts related to the history and genealogy of Baltimore County.

Web Sites


  1. "List of Counties in Maryland," Wikipedia.
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), 181. [FHL book 973 D27e 2002].